Problems with activation on new dell laptop


  1. Posts : 31
    windows 10
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    Problems with activation on new dell laptop


    Bought a new dell inspiron laptop came with window 10 home tried to format it and place windows 10 pro in its place but the thing keeps bring up the windows 10 home with the same key . must be in the bios, How can I use my new key to get windows 10 pro installed ? ive tried this using the PID file method listed here:

    Any help on this to make this work and install pro?
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  2. Posts : 29
    Windows
       #2

    Your message wasn't clear if you own a Windows 10 Pro product key. If you
    have a Window 10 Pro key, this should work. As you noted, the key in BIOS
    is for Windows 10 Home.
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  3. Posts : 5,442
    windows 10 Pro ver 21H2 build 19044.1348
       #3

    john510 said:
    How can I use my new key to get windows 10 pro installed ?
    Any help on this to make this work and install pro?
    I take it that you do have a new Win 10 Pro key. Right ?

    If yes, perhaps you would like to consider this method...

    Assuming your Win 10 Home is activated.
    Settings > Update and Security > left side, Activation > right side, Change product key.....

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  4. Posts : 7,458
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #4

    Press the Windows key + R and run slui 3. Then enter the new key.
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  5. Posts : 8,635
    Mac OS Catalina
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    As long as you deactivate the Pro key by uninstalling on any machine the key is being used, you should be able to just "Upgrade" your edition. Unless you need GPO, there is no real reason to upgrade to Pro from Home for home use.
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  6. Posts : 24,669
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #6

    john510 said:
    Bought a new dell inspiron laptop came with window 10 home tried to format it and place windows 10 pro in its place but the thing keeps bring up the windows 10 home with the same key . must be in the bios...
    Welcome to TenForums john510

    Yes, a key for 10 Home is embedded in the firmware. Setup reads this and installs the edition the key is for (Home in your case) without giving you any chance to choose Pro. But as others have said (and as I have done on my Dell) Home can easily be upgraded to Pro by entering a valid key. If you have bought Pro you have a retail key that came with it, just change the key to the Pro key and it will upgrade automatically.

    If you haven't bought Pro yet, then you can upgrade to Pro by clicking 'go to the store'.

    Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro | Tutorials
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  7. Posts : 24,669
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    bro67 said:
    Unless you need GPO, there is no real reason to upgrade to Pro from Home for home use.
    My reason for upgrading to Pro was that I wanted to user Hyper-V virtual machines. I have another machine I use just as often that has Home, on that I can do everything else I want, bar VMs. And if you did want to run a VM in Home you can always install VMWare.
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